Couple of notes-
"Advances" includes everything from new computer programs, new equipment, new technology, etc.
to shifts in policy, changes in attitude or philosophy, practice, etc. Your focus is NOT history--it is the present and more
especially the future.
"Field of study" basically refers to your major; however, if you would like to study
one aspect of the whole field, one job or type of position you could hold, one company you would work for, etc. that would
"Length"--I don't count pages or words; however, the length suggested is 1) the requirement of
the district, and 2) the amount of space a paper of this scope and depth should take to develop logically and fully. If you
do less, and you do it well, fine. If you do it in more, and you don't have more than one topic, fine. (With the note that
if you only have 6 pages, or if you go over 15, you have not properly worked with your topic or the research.) Use your judgement.
At any rate, you WILL need to narrow the topic in several avenues before you will be able to write about it in only 10-12
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